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Getting to ChPP from PMQ

31 Dec 2018

There are four main routes to ChPP - Route 1 via PPQ or PQ, Route 2A via RPP, Route 2B via PPQ/PQ and then RPP, and Route 3 the direct route. What are the advantages and disadvantages? 

Working towards Chartered Project Professional(ChPP) from PMQ

1. What are the requirements for ChPP?

You will need to show:

Technical knowledge : advanced technical knowledge and understanding of how to deliver projects, programmes or portfolios.
Professional practice : successful application of this knowledge to deliver projects, programmes or portfolios that involved:

  • Uncertainty or conflicting objectives
  • High levels of unpredictability or risk
  • Multiple work packages, projects or programmes
  • Multiple interdependent stakeholders, possibly with competing interests

You will need to commit to professional ethics and show continuing professional development (CPD ).

There are four main routes that may be taken:

Route 1: for those who have a recognised assessment for technical knowledge - currently PPQ or PQ (Note that applications for PQ are no longer being accepted).
Route 2: for those who have a recognised assessment for technical knowledge and professional - currently RPP - this may or may not follow PPQ.
Route 3: an experiential route for those who do not have a recognised assessment but do meet the eligibility criteria.

2.  Summary including APM fees (w.e.f. 1 April 2019):

Route 1 Route 2A Route 2B Route 3
Technical knowledge Recognised Recognised Recognised To be assessed
Professional practice To be assessed Recognised Recognised To be assessed
Show CPD/ commit to professional ethics To be assessed To be assessed To be assessed To be assessed
Recognised assessments PPQ RPP PPQ + RPP -
ChPP assessment fees 710 245 245 1110
RPP assessment fees - 772 611 -
PPQ examination fees 1140 - 1140 -
Total APM fees 1850 1017 1996 1110

Note that PPQ fees assume candidate is an APM member - add £400 if not.

3. Do I need to have some years experience?

The only requirement for experience is for RPP via the direct or experiential route - demonstrate a minimum of seven years’ relevant experience and have held Full Membership of APM (MAPM) for a minimum of two years.  This requirement is waived for those who already have PPQ or PQ. So the big advantage of taking PPQ prior to taking RPP is that it may well be quicker.

4. Conclusion:

If you have obtained PMQ and are in the early stages of your career, then consider the route 2B to ChPP via PPQ and then RPP.  This is more expensive but allows a phased training programme to be followed.  The following is a suggestion but could be speeded up if circumstances allow.

  • Year 1 - two compulsory modules for PPQ
  • Year 2 - one compulsory and one optional module for PPQ
  • Year 3 - RPP
  • Year 4 - ChPP

7. MSC Plans

APM charge Training Providers £2369 + VAT for initial accreditation for PPQ.  As the numbers currently taking PPQ are very small, we do not expect to recoup our costs and so do not intend to seek accreditation.  However we would like to make material available on our website for candidates who are interested and are negotiating with APM to be able to offer the examination.